“Getting fit”

Think a minute…Mr. Louis Joline was awarded one of America’s “Fittest Over 50.” At the age of 65, He had completed 61 marathon races. Remember, a marathon is running 26 miles! You would not think this man needs help or encouragement to run.

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“Missing the Point”

Think a minute…Remember the first people to ever fly an airplane? There were the Wright brothers, just a week before Christmas, 1903. They were so excited they sent an urgent telegram message to their sister which said: “First flight in history today!

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Love for All Seasons (Part 2)

Think a minute…Recently a couple who had been married 72 years died together in the hospital. After a car accident they were put in beds beside each other, so they continually held each other’s hand.

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Love for all seasons (Part 1)

Think a minute…Someone said:”All fun ends with marriage.” Do you feel that way some days? Maybe your marriage is going through a change of seasons. Remember, “Love is more than just a game for two.”

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The sweat of success

Think a minute…Former Prime Minister of England, Winston Churchill, became so famous for his speeches that he was called the Greatest Speaker of the Century. He was also famous for his quick wit.

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What a world we live in (Part 2)

Think a minute…We live on a one-of-a-kind privileged planet. Earth has a greater variety of life, landscapes, and water than any planet ever discovered.

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What a world we live in (Part 1)

Think a minute…Some of my happiest memories as a child are when my parents took us kids out to enjoy nature—whether we were walking in the woods, driving through snow-covered mountains, or strolling along a beach listening to the ocean waves.

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“More than a feeling”

Think a minute…A little boy was asked what he thought about marriage. He answered: “God says that a man should have only one wife. This is called monotony!” That little boy, of course, meant to say “monogamy.”

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“Do You Have Connections?”

Think a minute…A cartoon showed a thief wearing a mask and pointing his gun at a frightened woman. He yelled at her: “Give me your valuables!” The woman in the cartoon grabbed her FRIENDS, and started putting them into the bag.

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Twenty-two million candles

Think a minute…Ann Scheiber lived alone in her small apartment in New York City having never married. She did not own a car, so she walked everywhere wearing the same old black coat.

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“The Very Best”

Think a minute…What’s the difference between the best and second best? Between average and excellent? The difference between a good sports team and a great one? It’s the hard work, training and discipline.

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Don’t cheat yourself

Think a minute…Imagine you’re in school and your teacher gives your class a really hard test. You’re scared and nervous because you didn’t study. But then you see the smartest girl in the class is sitting right beside you and you can clearly see her paper and all her answers.

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“The unlocked door”

Think a minute…This is a true story about a young lady who got so tired of living with her strict parents that she ran away from home. But she soon found out that life was not easy on her own.

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“Make someone happy”

Think a minute…There were two very sick men who shared a room in a hospital. The man whose bed was by the window was allowed to sit up for an hour each day to help drain the fluid from his lungs.

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Let go of the controls

Think a minute…A pilot was flying his small airplane, a Cessna 150, when suddenly he lost control. His plane began spinning and falling to the ground! He panicked and began doing everything he could think of with the controls.

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Rush hour (Part 2)

Think a minute…Do you ever feel like you’re “living in the rat race” and the rats are winning? We feel like we do not have enough time each day to get everything done, so every hour is rush hour. Sadly, we suffer damaging consequences from our overly busy and rushed way of living.

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Disappointed with myself

Think a minute…Ever since I can remember, I have been disappointed with myself. Among other things I wish I was taller, and that I had more mechanical ability to fix things.

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The Right Brothers

Think a minute…Wilbur and Orville Wright were not just brothers, they were also best friends and business partners. Together, they invented the world’s first successful airplane in a controlled, sustained flight.

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Play your part

Think a minute…A famous painting shows a king making a chain from his crown, and a slave making a crown from his chain. Underneath the painting are these words: “Life is what one makes it, no matter of what it is made.”

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Rush hour (Part 1)

Think a minute…My grandparents had a neighbor who liked talking about how busy she was and how quickly she got things done. One day she said, “This morning I killed the chicken for dinner and made all the beds before my family even woke up!” Now that’s fast! And, of course, not possible!

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Editorial

“They call it economic success, I call it a disaster” – Pei Tauiliili

There is no denying this simple fact. While life in Samoa is not exactly problem free, it must be said that it is better than most places - near and far. We don’t have to look far. Following the recent devastation of Cyclone Gita, when we look across to the plight of our brothers, sisters and families in the Kingdom of Tonga, we can only be grateful.

Letters to the Editor

Be transparent and do your job

Dear Editor Re: Ghostwriters and the priorities for P.M. Tuilaepa’s administration I concur and agree wholeheartedly on this article! Why waste time on a ‘ghost?’ Do your job you have been voted in to do!

Street Talk

Aulalo Mulitalo, 44

Devastated by Cyclone Gita

Tropical Cyclone Gita devastated a number of Pacific island countries last week. In Samoa, it left many families at Lelata, Ma’agao and Vini devastated. What was going through your mind during the cyclone? And what would you do differently if another cyclone comes? Nefertiti Matatia asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

Columns

“Law, Custom and Constitutionalism: Customary Land Tenure in Samoa”

Ladies and Gentlemen, Talofa lava! As an Indigenous Samoan, Let me first pay my respect to the Indigenous Owners of this land and thank their ancestors, past present and future, for letting me stand before you on these sacred cultural lands!

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

THE BEST A big fa’amalo to the skilled and courageous E.P.C. staff who braved the winds and rain to restore power from broken and dangerous power lines on Cross Island Road on Wednesday night in pitch darkness.

Sunday Reading

PRESIDENT OF THE S.A.M.E.:Tagaloa Eddie Wilson with Happy Ava Farmers Tupai & Asoono- from Savaii.

Samoa’s Ava Exports expected to rise to prominence again

Samoa’s Ava Exports is looking promising, with exports expected to increase in the next couple of years. Ava exports was Samoa’s second largest export commidity from 1998 to 2001 until some European countries led by Germany imposed restrictions on the Pacific Kava Trade. Samoa’s exports of Ava in 1998 was just under $20m.

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